Return To The (Sur)Real| 01 Aug to 30 Sept 2020 | virtual
LITTY | contemporary presents “Return to the (Sur)Real”, a group exhibition of new works by Joseph Eze, Solomon Geleta Urgessa, John Madu, Maxime Manga, Layziehound Coka and Blessing Ngobeni.
The exhibition explores our rapidly changing relationships to one another and the world around us in an age dominated by a worldwide pandemic, fast evolving technology and opposing political movements.
This surreal shift in evolution brings us into uncharted waters, a new frontier, one for which we are not fully prepared. Some of the paintings draw on an astute awareness of contemporary culture and the immediate environment. Other works are infused with a dreamlike, surreal sensibility – often directly related to a particular perception or the atmosphere of an encounter, individual or scene. Drawing on art historical, political and personal references, the artists create layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of the contemporary experience.
FACES OF AFRICA| 01 May to 30 Aug 2020 | virtual
A group exhibition that focuses on the genre of portraiture but is not limited to that. The exhibition includes figurative and even abstract artworks. The exhibitions showcases the artistic talent across the African continent as well as the the variety of techniques used.
PAINTERLY PRINT| 01 May to 30 Aug 2020 | virtual
Works by Deborah Bell, Samson Mnisi, Karin Daymond and Diane Victor, both monotypes and monoprints.
AFRICAN SYMBOLISM & ABSTRACTION| exhibition by 2 artists| 03 Feb to 15 Mar 2020
Mohamed Diabagate & Kelechi Charles Nwaneri
Mohamed Diabagate & Kelechi Charles Nwaneri
GERALD CHUKWUMA| featured artist exhibition| 18 Dec 2019 to 30 Jan 2020
We have chosen to refer to this avant-garde art as ‘paintaglio’ owing to its combination of colors and textures.
Chukwuma’s paintaglio experiments are unique because of their tactility and heightened visual quality. Etymologically,
the term “paintaglio” is derived from the words, “painting” and “intaglio” to express the application of color (paint) onto
hollowed-out designs (intaglio).
ART FRANSCHHOEK| group exhibition| “Secret Garden” | 25 Oct to 15 Dec 2019
featured artists: Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Kelechi Charles Nwaneri, Mohamed Diabagate, Silas Adelanke Adeoye, Thonton Kabeya
ZIE JEAN-LAURENT KONE| solo exhibition| “Metamorphosis” | 25 Oct to 15 Dec 2019
Zié Jean-Laurent Koné
Working across figuration, abstraction and conceptualism, Koné has examined a wide range of subject matter, from the
personal to the social and historical. His is a complex and nuanced body of work, a fusion of modernity and a visual
enquiry into Africa in which texture, colour, structure and process are employed to mine history.
Many of Koné’s works explore intersecting layers of human existence and interaction, from the plain physical, emotional
to the purely energetic body – a visual manifestation of the invisible.
“START art fair, LONDON” | group exhibition| 26 to 29 September 2019
Layziehound Coka, Jean-Baptiste Djeka, Kamogelo Masemola, Zié Jean-Laurent Koné
The fair showcases local London galleries as well as international galleries and individual contemporary artists from all over the world. Collectors, enthusiasts and critics attend START, housed in the iconic Saatchi Gallery to buy the best contemporary art and to discover emerging contemporary artists.
“GO FAST, GO ALONE” | group exhibition| 03 June to 31 July 2019
GO FAST, GO ALONE
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE. IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER | layziehound coka, gerald chukwuma, kamogelo masemola, jean-baptiste djeka, samson mnisi, zie jean-laurent kone, silas adelanke adeoye, johannes du plessis, thonton kabeya
KAMOGELO MASEMOLA | solo exhibition| “Perpetuum Mobile” | 03 May to 30 May 2019
In music, perpetuum mobile (Latin and English, literally, “perpetual motion”), moto perpetuo (Italian), mouvement perpétuel (French),
movimento perpétuo (Portuguese) movimiento perpetuo (Spanish), carries two distinct meanings: first, as pieces or parts of pieces of
music characterised by a continuous stream of notes, usually at a rapid tempo; and also as whole pieces, or large parts of pieces, which are to be played in a repititious fashion, often an indefinite number of times.
SILAS ADELANKE ADEOYE | solo exhibition| “Now and Then” | 01 April to 30 April 2019
Silas Adelanke Adeoye
Under the bright sun, art and culture flourish in Africa. Africans focused their artistic styles on different images of human, animals, plant
life and natural designs. Yoruba art is a symbolic art – symbols that have deep meanings. The Yoruba traditional artist mostly does not pay
attention to the issue of the fall of light and shadow, because his art is not so much of a form as it attempts to create and construct
something relating to symbolism and expression in human.
It is an art of simplicity and abstraction, the African mask is one of the most important features of this art. Yoruba art represents the beauty
of women in their clothing and accessories, and we cannot forget that African art had a great influence on modern and contemporary
art. Many of the most important artists had been influenced by African Art, such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Georges Braque and Van
Gogh. Also, the surrealism and cubism movements.
‘CONTEMPORARY AFRICA 2’ | group exhibition| 16 Feb to 27 Mar 2019
Contemporary Africa 2
Contemporary African Art particularly cannot be generalized and reduced to a singular concept simply by the fact that there are many art scenes happening all over Africa and each is fueled by its own contextual parameters. What does it mean and who is ‘African’, just who does one include?
‘SAMSON MNISI’ | solo exhibition | “The Venus Ritual 2” | 25 Feb to 29 Mar 2019
I remember when we ran so far and so fast. We always thought about time and light. Even the best of the storytellers could not convince us otherwise. I remember the night song of beautiful dreams and the laughter of the moon. When possible was my next door neighbours, I used to play and pray at the altar of love. It must be the age of forgetfulness that’s troubling my rhythm. I need to talk to the tortoise about it. IT should teach me the sturdy beat. So i can remember the purpose. I have been singing inside to find that voice again.
‘ART MADRID FAIR’ | group exhibition | 27 Feb to 03 Mar 2019
Throughout its career, Art Madrid has been a showcase for numerous galleries and artists of all disciplines (painting, sculpture, graphic work, photography, video art, artistic installations…). The fair defines as a proposal close to the public and the reality of the art world, aware of the future challenges and the positive impact of initiatives like this one. This year will bring together about 50 national and international galleries that will provide a fresh and current vision of the world art scene.
‘DARIO MANJATE’ | solo exhibition | “positive space” | 26 Nov to 18 Dec 2018
Conceptually my art breaks down and unpacks the very foundations our society is built on today. By physically cutting out and removing objects from their intended context I begin to build up profiles and identities for my subjects
‘ART FRANSCHHOEK’ | 2 exhibitions | 27 Oct to 25 Nov 2018
solo exhibitionsolo exhibition | Thonton Kabeya @ The Loft | 2 men show | Samson Mnisi, Gerald Chukwuma in the Wing
‘JOHANNES DU PLESSIS’ | solo show | “Life On Mars” | 30 Sept to 23 Oct 2018
To paint is a passion. By being honest towards my mind experiences and heart is how I attempt
to find a new level in artistic realization. Painting is a process of getting to know myself better, a way of finding new inspiration and
understanding of life in various forms. In the end, it is an introduction to self-enlightenment. I prefer to call my paintings emotional statements. My wish is that the audience could feel these statements deep within themselves.
‘CONTEMPORARY AFRICA’ | group show | 17 April to 31 May 2018
Uzoma Samuel Anyanwu, Jean-Baptiste Djeka, Layziehound Coka, Thonton Kabeya, Restone Maambo, Thokozani Madonsela, Mbulelo Mabutho, Houston Maludi, Tendai Mupita, Option Nyahunzvi
‘MICHAELA RINALDI’ | solo show | “vertigo” | 25 Mar to 15 April 2018
To know truth is to feel it. And the same applies to original creations. Michaela expresses mood directly from her gut onto canvas. Her craft is her voice. What you see in Michaela Rinaldi’s work is the journey and flavour of the human psyche. Yes, there is initial invitation of ardent colour, to feast open your eyes in appreciation. But soon after this affect, allow your focus to deepen beyond the two-dimensional and into the essence of abandonment, isolation, dependencies and patterns that we all experience. Each painting grows. It transfixes you with its layers, connects you to your own.
‘RESTONE MAAMBO’ | solo show | “from lusaka to cape town” | 06 Mar to 24 Mar 2018
Restone’s usage of acrylic paint and varnish layering is lucid and reflective of a spiritual meditative state and his works exalt his subject matter which is produced on a life-sized scale to better establish a relationship between the viewer and his chosen subjects. Maambo’s practice incorporates traditional painting methodologies alongside new experimental materials such as plaster and cement interactive antidotes which result in playful and experimental mark making on the surface.
‘SAMSON MNISI’ | solo show | “the venus ritual 1” | 18 Feb to 05 Mar 2018
To those who lost their songs of spirit, and cannot connect to their soul of God. Their rhythm sacrificed to false gods of violated minds, the doors of their heaven clouded by melodies of alien invasions. The messenger of true wisdom suffered madness of induced civilization. The prophets of the cold lands sent gifts of death.
‘LINDO ZWANE & SIZWE KHOZA’ | “dialogue” | 25 Jan to 18 Feb 2018
Lindo Zwane & Sizwe Khoza
An exhibition by 2 emerging artists, based in Johannesburg.
‘THONTON KABEYA’ | solo show | “adagio” | 25 Nov to 21 Dec 2017
I’m trying to push the limit and the boundary that exist between painting and sculpture, I want to change the way people look at Painting, I sculpt the canvas and create my artistic language. I’m not trying to make a sculpture or a painting or mixed media technique, but find my own way to express myself and to connect with myself.
‘LAYZIEHOUND COKA’ | solo show | “dream chasers” | 28 Oct to 22 Nov 2017
Dreams are spaces the mind drifts into as a means of escaping the beating it suffers from the commands that must be processed throughout the day. They offer a dimension to create a fantasy reality that can be changed at wish, modelled and controlled. The MIND brings about an infinite galaxy of thoughts, where rules and logic are no currency.
‘KELLY JOHN GOUGH’ | solo show | “against the grain” | 24 Sept to 25 Oct 2017
Kelly John Gough
Kelly explores the changed role of fine art at the beginning of the 21st century. Where visual arts had to create awareness and provoke critical thought during the 20th century, our senses are being raped by a merciless stream of information through mass media at present. People turn to the arts, specifically to the visual arts for aesthetics, relief and hope.
‘ABSTRACTION’ | group show | 01 Sept to 23 Sept 2017
Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. Even art that aims for verisimilitude of the highest degree can be said to be abstract, at least theoretically, since perfect representation is likely to be exceedingly elusive.
Toni-Ann Ballenden, Andrew Kayser, Chrisel van der Merwe, Johannes du Plessis
‘SOLSTICE’ | group show | 21 June to 20 Aug 2017
‘The winter solstice, the rebirth of the sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. One ancient definition of solstice is ‘standing still sun’. In a mad whirlwind, half of 2017 has passed. The ‘Solstice’ group exhibition presents an inspiring body of work and hopes that the works on show will trigger a moment of ・standing still・ and reflection for the viewer.’
‘CURATOR’S CHOICE’ | group show | 15 May to 15 June 2017
Michaela Rinaldi, Greatjoy Ndlovu, Phillip Heenop, Bambo Sibiya, Layziehound Coka, Isobel O’Connor, Olatunji Sanusi, Thonton Kabeya, Johannes du Plessis, Sandy Godwin, Siyabongo Fani, Dario Manjate, Edward Selematsela, Lindi Badenhorst
‘PAN AFRICA, series 1’ | group show | 01 March to 15 May 2017
Pan Africa, series 1
‘Pan-Africanism, the idea that peoples of African descent have common interests and should be unified. Historically, Pan-Africanism has often taken the shape of a political or cultural movement. In the context of this series of visual art exhibitions, Pan-Africanism is the sentiment that ALL people that have chosen Africa as their homeland, essentially have a great deal in common within the extraordinary diversity of the continent – a fact that deserves notice and even CELEBRATION.
‘OLATUNJI SANUSI’ | solo show | “safe water” | 30 March to 28 April 2017
Olatunji Sanusi explores his joy and origins as an artist, as well as traditional legends around water being the source of life. He connects his inner artistic world where “ART IS LIFE” as well his Yoruba heritage to a topic of global relevance.
‘ISOBEL O’CONNOR’ | solo show | “deeper than skin” | 19 Nov to 10 Dec 2016
‘The lines and wrinkles in a face is what fascinates me, but more so the underlying character to be seen there. Looking past the surface, one finds beauty in strength ,resilience, humour ,fortitude, compassion,dignity. Hence ” DEEPER THAN SKIN” ‘.
‘PAUL BLOMKAMP’ | solo show | “quanta” | 21 Oct to 18 Nov 2016
‘In physics, a quantum (plural: quanta) is the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction. ‘
‘MICHAELA RINALDI’ | solo show | “a moment in time” | 01 Oct to 19 Oct 2016
The exhibition aims to show the incredible range of Michaela’s work who creates stark tension with a single paint stroke , surprises the viewer by the wide choice of materials or large format works to then capture the attention through a small size ink drawing.
‘JANKO DE BEER’ | solo show | “constructing imagination” | 10 Sept to 29 Sept 2016
Janko de Beer
Janko’s sculptures are inspired by the natural shapes and textures of dried out bull kelp stems, collected on various beaches around South Africa. His sculptures are a unique mastery of motion, form and texture influenced by the precepts of contemporary futurism in sculpting.
‘STANISLAW TRZEBINSKI’ | bronze sculpture exhibition | 01 July to 31 Aug 2016
The central theme of his work is the human connection – or rather disconnection – to a vanishing natural world. He heightens our sense for aesthetics, innate love for proportion, color and the beauty of the natural world. On a deeper level, he touches our sense of belonging and ultimately asks the viewer the eternal question: ‘Where are we from, where will we go?’